The Best Ever
The 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will entertain us for the 41st time starting Friday, April 23rd. The opening headliners will be Lionel Richie, The Black Crowes and Dr. John. The next day will feature Simon & Garfunkel. The following Saturday will be anchored by Pearl Jam with Sunday's finale offering the Neville Brothers, Van Morrison, B.B. King, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Irma Thomas.
The Daily ScheduleWow! This has got to be the best music festival in the entire world! Due to the emensity of the schedule of entertainers, what follows is a partial listing of the daily schedule.
Friday, April 23rd
Lionel Richie, Black Crowes, Dr. John, Steel Pulse, Elvin Bishop, Jon Cleary, Frankie Ford, Deacon John, Irma Thomas, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Lena Prima, Anders Osborne, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Leah Chase, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Lost Bayou Ramblers, New Orleans Night Crawlers, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble and many, many more.
Saturday, April 24th
Simon & Garfunkel, Better Than Ezra, The Funky Meters, Cowboy Mouth, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Papa Grows Funk, Tab Benoit, Sax for Stax, Terrence Blanchard, One Foot in the Blues (with special guests Dr. John, Jon Cleary), Rockin' Doopsie, Jr., Bonerama, The Wiseguys, Jewel Brown with the Heritage Hall Band, Treme Brass Band,Curley Taylor andZydeco Trouble, Patrick O'Flaherty, and many, many more.
Sunday, April 25th
Allman Brother's Band, Anita Baker, Darius Rucker, Jonny Lang, Imagination Movers, Keely Smith, Blind Boys of Alabama, Marcia Ball, Theresa Anderson, Tab Benoit, The Radiators, The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Irvin Mayfield, Jeremy Davenport, Susan Cowsill Band, Guitar Slim, Jr., Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Kim Carson, Red Hot Brass Band and many, many more.
Thursday, April 29th
Widespread Panic, Elvis Costello, Gov't Mule, Average White Band, Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Blues Traveler, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Four Freshmen, Amanda Shaw, C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Soul Rebels, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sun Spots, Paul Sanchez, Bobby Lonero's Tribute to Louis Prima, Joe Hall and the Cane Cutters, Miss Claudia and her Traveling Troubador and many, many more.
Friday, April 30th
Aretha Franklin, Allen Toussaint, Gipsy Kings, Kirk Franklin, Jose Feliciano, Take 6, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, The Dixie Cups, The Subdudes, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Elvis Perkins, Buckwheat Zydeco, Eric Lyndell, Nicholas Payton Sextet, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Louis Prima, Jr., The Iguanas, Fredy Omar, Astral Project, John Boutte,The Jon Baptiste Band, Onward Brass Band, New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Big Al Carson, Pfister Sisters, Forgotten Souls Brass Band, Creole String Beans, and many, many more.
Saturday, May 1st
Pearl Jam, Jeff Beck, Teena Marie, Pete Fountain, Band of Horses, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Galactic, Sonny Landreth, Rebirth Brass Band, Allen Toussaint Jazzity Project, Cyril Neville & Tribe 13, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Henry Butler, BeauSoleil, Shamarr Allen, Charmaine Neville Band, Aaron Neville, Banu Gibson, Bobby Lounge, New Birth Brass Band, Germaine Bazzel, Pine Leaf Boys, A Tribute to Julian "Cannonball" Adderly, New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Mardi Gras Indians, Undefeated Divas, and many, many more.
Sunday, May 2nd
The Neville Brothers, Van Morrison, B.B. King, Irma Thomas, The Weather, Frankie Beverly, Richie Havens, Clarence Carter, Juvenille, Brian Blade, Danilo Perez, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, The Radiators, Trombone Shorty, Ellis Marsalis, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Zion Harmonizers, Preservation Hallstar Revue, Benny Grunch & the Bunch, Wanda Rouzan, Barbara Shorts, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Tim Laughlin, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Dukes of Dixieland, Jo "Cool" Davis, Wild Tchoupitoulas, and many, many more.
Of course all performances are subject to change depending on a variety of circumstances but this is the 2010 lineup! How could anyone ask for more? For complete listings and further infomatin about tickest, etc. go to the official Jazz Fest website.